Up to 25,000 workers at retail giant Littlewoods have been told their jobs are safe after directors accepted a £750 million takeover offer by media entrepreneurs and Ritz Hotel owners the Barclay brothers. The Liverpool-based group, which was founded 79 years ago as a football pools firm, is being bought by Sir David Barclay and Sir Frederick Barclay who have given assurances they will not lay-off any staff.